You may be wondering why I chose this particular name for this smoothie. Truthfully, I couldn’t think of a better name. I considered calling it the “anti-inflammatory smoothie” or “nutrient-dense smoothie” but these names didn’t do this smoothie justice. Simply because it’s all of these things and then some! To top it off it is ridiculously delicious – trust me on this one. It’s so good it tastes like it shouldn’t be good for you – but it absolutely is!!! If you don’t take my word for it just give it a try.
My hubby and I have been drinking smoothies for breakfast for at least the last two years. I’ve experimented with a lot of recipes. Some have been good and some, not so much. But for the last few weeks we’ve been stuck on this particular recipe, not willing to part ways with it, simply because it’s so delicious.
Like all of our morning smoothies this has a host of benefits to kick-start our day. It’s high in fibre and protein, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, packed with vitamins and minerals, rich in antioxidants, is blood sugar balancing and cholesterol lowering and packed with chlorophyll rich greens. Simply delicious and sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. I’ve been trying to convince my daughters to try this but the green color is just scaring them off— I’m so close to getting them to try it, it’s just around the corner!
You may be wondering why we’ve been having smoothies and what’s the big deal with green smoothies anyway—what’s wrong with the way we used to do breakfast?? Well, we’ve gravitated towards smoothies for a number of reasons. First, they just make me feel good, my husband and I have both reaped the health benefits of including a smoothie in our day. It’s easy on our digestive system, the food is broken down into small easily absorbable and digestible particles. Increases our consumption of green leafies, we’re getting in a minimum of 2 – 3 cups of chlorophyll and nutrient rich greens first thing in the morning. Ensures we’re having a breakfast filled with a myriad of nutrients. Keeps us full for a few hours – trust me, this will stabilize your blood sugar for longer than a breakfast cereal or bagel.
In this smoothie I’ve included a few ingredients both for their health benefit and taste. Coconut water (a natural electrolyte packed with minerals), kefir (probiotic benefits), banana (prebiotic fiber), spinach (fibre, chlorophyll, vitamin A and K (100+% of DV in this recipe!), chia seeds (fibre and omega 3 – 4.9g), hemp seeds or hemp protein (omega 3/6), almonds (fibre, antioxidants and nutrients), cinnamon (blood sugar stabilizer), turmeric (anti-inflammatory).
- 1 cup of coconut water
- ¼ cup of natural kefir (replace this with ¼ avocado for a vegan version)
- 1 small banana
- 2 - 3 cups of spinach or baby kale (normally don't measure but grab a couple of large handfuls)
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. hemp protein
- 2 tbsp. soaked almonds
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1-1½ cups of water (filtered or spring water)
- Place all ingredients in blender (I use nutri-bullet) and pulse for one minute
- Place in tall cup and enjoy!